The Green Home
The Green Home began in January 2005 with a £35,000 start-up grant from The Moray Council. The Green Home is an innovative community furniture reuse & recycling social enterprise. The aim of the business is to collect unwanted furniture and electrical appliances, refurbish them and provide them to members of the community in desperate need.
In February 2005, the group rented premises in Buckie and Heath Gardner left the Management Committee to take up the post of Business Development Manager. In April The Moray Council, through the Social Inclusion Partnership - Moray Youth Start, provided a grant of £92,104 and having secured an additional grant of £25,000 from HIE-Moray and £5,845 from the Moray Action for Communities programme the Management Committee, now numbering 7, made the decision to recruit 9 full-time members of staff to increase the development of the project. The decision to recruit full-time professional people was a strategic one and was important to the development of the project. This decision has already made a big difference to the current operation of the project and its future direction
The projects next phase of development was between October 2005 and March 2006 in creating a professional reuse and recycling facility capable of collecting and processing a wide range of household and business furniture and electrical items, regardless of condition, and providing a range of quality products and related services.
From April 2006, the project has been fully operational. Between April 2006 and March 2007 840 tonnes of waste furniture and electrical items will have been processed, 3000 individuals will benefit from having access to low cost furniture and electrical items as well as related services and 48 New Deal clients will have access to high quality work experience placements. The volume of waste items collected from April 2007 is expected to increase to 1240 tonnes annually.
From April 2007, it is anticipated that the project will become fully sustainable. This will be achieved through a combination of Service Level Agreements from The Moray Council and Aberdeenshire Council for recycling services and furniture starter packs, by providing New Deal work experience placements, retailing reconditioned furniture and electrical items, retailing an assortment of related household and garden items, retailing new furniture for households and businesses, and by providing a range of related services to both householders and business
For further information, contact:
The Green Home
1-4 March Road East
Tel: 01542 839 600
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